Joe and Jenny met working EMS and fell in love. They have always known they wanted a big family. They started creating their bundles of joy and now want to add more. They have been together almost 20 years and love their family with all of their hearts. They have 5 beautiful children who are so alike, but so different. Three are home grown and two are Ukrainian Princesses. They have meshed into one big, happy family. Now the kids are wondering when the family can bring more love into their home. They live in the wild wonders of the UP of Michigan where they live life to the fullest. Their children are well loved and accepted in the community and are missed when they are unable to attend events. They are excited to begin this newest adventure for their family. Adoption can bring such exciting adventures and bring so many people together.
1/14/16—HOME STUDY IN PROGRESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at vandyckfamilyofhowmany.blogspot.com
The Tyler family is pleased to announce that they are in the process of adopting a little girl from a foreign country. The Tylers have been married for four years now. The Tylers are excited about growing their family through adoption. The Tylers have been former foster parents, for children that are medically fragile, as well as children that needed respite care, for a time.
All the experiences of caring for disadvantaged youth grew the Tyler’s hears to want to provide an orphan with the love of a family, and Savior Jesus Christ, their Lord.
John 14:18 says “I will not leave you as orphans I will come to you.” It is true God has not abandoned us, rather he has called us each by name and through his atoning sacrifice we are called chosen, and adopted by God.
God has blessed the Tylers in ways that are beyond human comprehension. They long to expose a child to the same unconditional love that God has shown to them — specifically, Ryleigh.
11/25/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
For several years, Phil and Kristie Graves had been discussing the idea of adoption. It would come up in conversation and then be put off for “later”. One day Kristie came across Reece’s Rainbow and found a girl named “Sage” and knew immediately that she was their child.
After beginning the process to adopt, “Sage” was adopted by a French family, leaving Phil and Kristie distraught and unsure of what to do next. Then their 11 year old daughter reminded them of another little girl they had seen in pictures with “Sage”. Her name was “Olivia” and they had considered adopting both girls. After much prayer and consideration, they decided that God had shown them “Sage” so they could discover “Olivia”.
The Graves’ have three biological children, Kara, Ethan, and Owen. Won’t you please help to take their family from five people to six? They have decided to call this process, “The Journey from Odd to Even.
11/5/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at philandkristie.com
Starr is the mother to four grown children. Her husband passed away in 2001, and after many years of grieving she decided it was time to adopt the little girl from Asia that she had always longed for. She began the process in late 2006, and was on the ‘healthy child’ track.
In 2010, she realized the wait would be very long, so she decided to adopt “Zoie”‘s brother, as she didn’t want to raise an only child, since her other children were all grown and out in the world of work and college. Ziggy Lion Yared came home from Ethiopia in 2011, when he was 14 months old. Every year she would ask God if “Zoie” was on the special needs list, but he said keep waiting. Now she knows why — because she wasn’t even born yet!
In 2013, after a move from California to Washington, before she was even unpacked God revealed she had to re-open her adoption case of Zoie Love because she was on the special needs list, and she was ready. Starr was over the moon! She brought Zoie Love Mi home from China in April 2015. She was diagnosed with Developmental Delays. She is now 3 1/2 years old, and she is an absolute blessing in all their lives and they adore her so. Ziggy and Zoie are best of friends.
Starr was absolutely sure she was done and so very thankful she never had to go through this process again. She had even named Ziggy and Zoie with a Z signifying the end of her procreation so to speak. But God had other plans for them. After a couple months home, everything was perfect and everyone was adjusting so well. Then she heard God whispering, so very clearly – and that is how she ‘met’ Daisy.
She had seen a picture of a little girl with Down Syndrome while browsing the photo listings while waiting for Zoie back in 2014.
She was the sweetest child and there was just something so familiar about her. After a couple of months with Zoie, she decided to check on Nani — soon to be named Daisy! — and see if she had been scooped up; but there she still was. Her file had gone to several agencies throughout the year and several parents looked at her file, and no one chose this sweet child.
That’s when Starr knew she was her daughter — but she had no money at all for this adoption. She asked God what he was thinking, and how could all this money come to her? Then almost straight away, as if God was answering her, a friend said she could reuse her Dossier from Zoie’s adoption and it would save a lot of money, and she also told Starr about grants she could apply for.
After starting the process, Starr was told she was too old, and she couldn’t get approval to adopt Daisy. She was absolutely gutted.
At Zoie’s first post-placement visit, she shared her heartache with her social worker — who suggested she talk to his boss. His boss was able to get the waiver for Starr’s age, and she was absolutely euphoric!
Daisy is a Special Focus child, as she has Down syndrome. Starr’s years of childcare make her confident she can help Daisy be the best she can be. Starr and her family live a very simple life, and she can easily provide for her children, Daisy included.
She is totally going on Blind Faith, for this adoption, so soon after Zoie came home. The first two adoptions were entirely paid for on her own, and she didn’t have to fundraise, so this is definitely a new experience. She has muddled through all the initial fees, and God is telling her to have FAITH. So she does. Money will NOT be a reason Daisy will not have a Family to call her own.
Starr, Zoie and Ziggy cannot wait to bring Daisy home and give her love and the life she so deserves!
1/11/16— HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at starrsnewblog.blogspot.com
Here we go again!
When I entered the adoption world I heard the term “Repeat Adopters” and couldn’t help but laugh. I couldn’t imagine how or why someone would or even how they could go through the process of international adoption, come home with their new child and turn around and do it all over again! We are living that out in real life at the moment. Bill and I met through mutual friends a little over 4 years ago; I had a houseful already with 5 bio kiddos and 2 adopted through Foster care, but he was ready for the challenge! Little did he know how we would grow! Shortly after our wedding I asked him if he was ready to start an adoption, he wasn’t super gung-ho but he didn’t say no so I ran with it! 9 months after our wedding we were flying home from Serbia with our first child together! Rowen was 4 and super cute and I was looking at child profiles before we were home with him! 3 months later I saw Macy (Silvie on RR) and knowing China was not a fast program I was able to talk Bill into once again jumping into another adoption! While we waited on China I attended the Reece’s Rainbow Reunion in Kentucky (summer 2014) there I met the cutest little spitfire ever and couldn’t wait to find his Mom to talk to! When I finally found her I found out she was hosting him and that he would go back to the orphanage at the end of summer I was devastated and was in tears at the thought of it. I never thought I could be his Mom because we had just received PA from China for Silvie and there was no way to do two International Adoptions at once! Or was there? I called our agency and found out that while it would be a lot of paperwork and expense it WAS possible! That was all it took and I left the reunion to head home to start working on two homestudies and two dossiers! Eastern Europe is a much faster process so we left for our referral appt on Nov. 30, 2014. Simon (Valera) became ours on December 16 and finally came home on January 30, 2015 just 2 days before Rowen’s 1st anniversary home. Simon walked into our lives and home like he had always been there and the transition has been absolutely amazing. We continued to plug away at Macy’s adoption (our dossier was submitted to China while I was in Eastern Europe on our pickup trip!) We had some unusual hiccups that held us up a bit but I finally came home with our little China Doll on November 5, 2015, almost exactly 18 months after seeing her picture on Reece’s Rainbow for the first time! She is an absolute joy and is totally enjoying her new life and family!
While we were in Eastern Europe it was difficult not to fall in love with the other children we met. Simon was the first international adoption from his facility so we knew most of the kids would never have a chance at a real family. So even though it sounds crazy and we aren’t sure how we are going to pull this off once again WE KNOW these are our children and that they NEED US and we NEED THEM! Ross James turned 16 on August 9; USCIS received our application on August 4 saving him from an uncertain future in Ukraine and allowing us a little more time to let God show off once again!
Jade is 14 and her future is just as uncertain. We covet your prayers and well wishes as we work to bring our children home. And of course we can use all the financial help we can get; we have faith that the funds will be there as we need them but it is hard not to worry when your children are on the other side of the world waiting for you!
11/5/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
Richard and Ella have committed their lives to adopting and raising children to be godly men and women. They have thirteen wonderful children and are returning to Bulgaria to adopt three more. Richard and Ella consider adoption to be their ministry. Their goal is to show the world that all children deserve a mom and dad, and that special needs children in particular bestow a special blessing from God. What better way is there to show that all people are created in God’s image and worthy of honor and respect than adopting a special needs child? What better way is there to teach us patience and perseverance, and to step outside our comfort zone? In pursuit of this goal, Richard and Ella have purchased a large foreclosed home on 11.5 acres of land. They are filling the home with children. They believe children are happy and healthy when able to work and play outdoors. And there is plenty of opportunity. They have chickens, ducks, cats, and a dog, as well as a very large garden and an orchard. There is enough to do that everyone is involved. No job is too small! What started out as a ministry of Richard and Ella has now become the family ministry. All the kids are involved in the upcoming adoption and are excited to have new brothers and a sister.
Everyone is extremely happy to have found three wonderful children. Catherine and Mark are an older brother and sister pair who are very happy to be adopted together. Richard and Ella are also excited about adopting Nicolai, a two-year old boy with Down Syndrome. They have wanted to adopt a child with Down Syndrome for several years. The last time they went to Bulgaria, they were blessed to adopt a child with Noonan Syndrome. Now they have a chance to show the world that children with Down Syndrome are a blessing to all.
8/12/15—HOMESTUDY in PROCESS
The Sotolongo family recently adopted their son “Nevada” as named on Reece’s Rainbow. The Sotolongo’s have four other children all under 6 years old. Nevada’s first year has been nothing short of a miracle. He has undergone corrective heart surgery, which in his country was deemed impossible based on his condition. He is flourishing in a family, learning to sign words and perform daily tasks. He bond’s and interacts very well with his siblings. While adopting Nevada, the Sotolongo’s met a few other children at the orphanage that grabbed their hearts. When leaving, the Sotolongo’s already felt that they would be back. The Sotolongo family is very excited to revisit Nevada’s orphanage and leave with new additions to their family. The Sotolongo’s want to thank you for your support and prayer as they continue on this adoption journey.
11/6/15—HOME STUDY IN PROGRESS
Follow the family’s adoption journey on their blog at pursuedandtreasured.blogspot.com